Thursday, January 04, 2018

Where Is Your Bookmark? (Betrayed & 50/50: The Best and Worst Reads of December)

I just began reading Karen E. Olson's Betrayed, the third book in her Blackhat thriller series, which I have been itching to start since I finished reading Shadowed, the previous book.


Computer hacker Tina Adler discovers that her true enemy could be someone terrifyingly close to home in this cunningly-plotted tale of identity and suspense.

Framed for ordering a hit on mobster Tony DeMarco, Tina Adler is forced to re-enter the shadowy world of computer hacking she thought she d left behind. In order to clear her name, she reluctantly joins an FBI team led by an old flame
[...] tasked with scouring the deep web to unearth DeMarco s darkest secrets.

The trail will lead Tina to the person who framed her but it may also reveal other secrets, secrets she would rather not know. DeMarco may, in fact, be the least of Tina s worries. Could her true enemy be someone much closer to home?"
[Goodreads Summary]


A weekly meme where readers share the first sentence of the book they are reading and say what they think. Hosted by the wonderful Gillion Dumas of Rose City Reader.

My name is Tina Adler, and I am an addict. 


I like the brevity of this opening sentence. Although you wouldn't know what kind of addict had you not read the synopsis or the previous books in the series, it's a telling statement.



A weekly meme in which readers share a random sentence or two from page 56 or 56% of the book they are reading. Hosted by the wonderful Freda of Freda's Voice.

The account is a ghost, much like its creator. But what if it's not? What if it does still exist? My fingers itch for the keyboard; I have to know. [56%]




I have not reached this part of the book yet I am only 6% in at the time of this writing. Tina is good at finding trouble, and I have a bad feeling about where this may lead. I have faith in her though, so perhaps there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Somewhere.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?

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Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Each week, Carrie at The Butterfly Reads and Laura from Blue Eye Books ask participants to list what they like and don't like about that week's topic.


This week's topic is A...

Best/Worst Book Read in December:


I hate to use the word "worst" to describe a book I somewhat enjoyed, but I think I would have to go with These Violent Delights. I went in with high expectations, and it didn't quite live up to them.


As for my best December read . . . It was a tie between Karen E. Olson's Shadowed, which I couldn't put down once I started (I actually didn't walk into walls or fall down the stairs while reading and walking), and Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley in which I fell in love with Kat Holloway and Daniel McAdam.



What were your worst and best books read in December?


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34 comments:

  1. Hi Wendy! I love your book beginning. Cover is pretty awesome, too! Sounds very good. One I'd like to read.

    I'm featuring my Goodreads Group Read of the month: : http://bit.ly/2F17A7s A Snowflake's Chance in Hell.

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    1. Sassy Brit - I ended up finishing it yesterday--I couldn't stop reading! I hope you have a great week! Thanks for visiting!

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  2. I like the cover of Death Below Stairs! Looks good(:

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    1. Eustacia - It is a good one! I will be posting my review soon. :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I've been meaning to start Karen Olson's series. I think I have the first book. Guess I better do that as now I see there are 3 - better to catch a series at the beginning. LOL

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    1. Kay - I really enjoy this series. I think the first one is my favorite of the three I've read so far, but they are all good. I hope you enjoy the series!

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  4. Your current read sounds very suspenseful. I don't keep track of monthly reads but December was a very distracted reading month for me.

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    1. Kathy - I keep a spreadsheet of all my reading, and so it's easy to pull up my monthly stats. I love lists like that. Crazy, I know. I hope you have a better reading month this month!

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  5. That is a fantastic first sentence. I like the first person POV, too. I'll be on the look out for her first book, too.

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    1. Roberta - I hope you give her books a try! It's a good series! Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. That Karen E. Olson series sound like one I'd really enjoy. I also liked Death Below Stairs. This week I'm reading The English Wife by Lauren Willig. Happy reading!

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    1. Kathy - I think you would enjoy it! Death Below Stairs was really good--better than I thought it would be and I had high expectations going in! Thanks for visiting!

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  7. I am definitely intrigued by a book that hints at darkness close to home. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT”

    Sorry you didn't like These Violent Delights...I couldn't put it down.

    I guess that's how it goes with books. Enjoy your reading.

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    1. Laurel-Rain - I liked These Violent Delights overall, but did have some issues with it. I think it's an important book, nonetheless.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Glad to know that Death Below Stairs was one of your "bests" because I really want to read that one. :)

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    1. Lark - I hope you do read it! It's really good. :-)

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  9. I like the brevity of the opening sentence, too. It sounds like she is at a NA meeting.

    I am read nonfiction this week: Dreaming the Beatles

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    1. Anne - I'm not sure NA would work for her, but I'm sure they have support groups for the type of addiction she has--just don't think she'd ever go. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Oh this sounds good! I love a good hacker suspense. I'm reading Death Below Stairs right now and am loving it!

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    1. Katherine - I do too! And this is a great series so far. I am glad you are enjoying Death Below Stairs. I loved it too!

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  11. That opening line is powerful!!! Happy weekend!

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    1. Freda - I think so too. I would say the first step is admitting you have a problem, but I'm not sure she wants to completely give up computers. Have a great week!

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  12. Karen E. Olson creates great protagonists. I have one book from this new series and am looking forward to reading it!

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    1. Iliana - Yes, she does. And I just love Tina/Nicole/Susan or whatever her name is at any given time. LOL I hope you enjoy the first book when you get to it!

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  13. Wendy, I really wish I could say I finished a book in December (besides picture books, that is), but I didn't. You know, I'm in a weird place with reading lately. I can't seem to latch on to a specific book. I submitted THE WEIRDSTONE OF BRISINGAMEN by Alan Garner as my "First Book of the Year" on Sheila DeShantal's BOOK JOURNEY blog since I did start it, but am picking up different books every day, mostly nonfiction. We'll see where my bookmark lands! I'm not sure if it's that I'm in a rut or 'cause I'm being pulled more to write than read or if life is just continually overwhelming, but I'm struggling *sigh*

    I'm sure I've asked you this before, but would you consider yourself a speed reader?

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    1. Donna Marie - Picture books count! I haven't read any children's books this year with my daughter (my mom has had that honor while she was visiting), but I'm sure that will change now that she's gone home. I hope you find something to read that catches your attention. Although, if you find yourself writing instead, there's nothing wrong with that. Sometimes you just have to go in the direction your mind and heart want to take you.

      I am definitely not a speed reader. Sometimes I wish I was so that I could read more. But I tend to read word for word more often than not.

      I hope you have a great week, Donna Marie!

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  14. I haven't heard of the Black Hat Thriller series but I'm so glad you mentioned it because it sounds fantastic! The whole computer hacker/internet plot line is one I haven't seen a whole lot but it's one of my favorites. I'll definitely be checking out that series! Thanks for linking up, Wendy!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. Laura W. - It's a great series. I hope you like it if you give it a try. :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. Shadowed sounds really good. Thanks for sharing!

    Lauren @ Always Me

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  16. I've only read the first book of Karen E. Olson's series and enjoyed it. I've been meaning to read the other two books but am always sidetracked by either life or the many shiny new books which I couldn't resist. ;) I hope to read them at some point this year.

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    1. Melody - The first is still my favorite in the series, but all the books are good so far!

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